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Procreation versus God's Immediate Creation

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Question:  I started reading your writing about the satanic rebellion, and I ran across the following:

"In addition, there is also the point that when God creates, He creates in mature perfection. The plants, animals, and people (Adam and Eve) created during the six days are all created in a mature status, thus giving the appearance of age."

I have read several other authors (whom I view with a raised eyebrow, both for their theology and their theories) who would say essentially the same things. One has gone so far as to give the age of the earth from the creation at 4000+/- 500 years, and have produced "evidence" to back up their claims. I know that God rested on the 7th day. Does this mean that mankind took over the work of creation (as in pro-creation) from Him after the fall, and this form of creation doesn't allow for being born 21 years old? (To pick an arbitrary age) I am just having problems with this thought, and I have previously. And, as always, I really do enjoy reading what you have to say.

Response:  If you read further in the series, I explain the seven days as re-creation (i.e., reconstruction) of an earth devastated as a result of Satan's rebellion and God's judgment upon it. Thus the original heavens and earth (before the seven days of re-creation/reconstruction) may have existed for untold eons (even before God's creation of the angels). The chronology of the seven days of re-creation and the seven millennial days of human history which follow the fall are set down in detail in part 5 of the Satanic Rebellion series (just click the link). There is nothing that is impossible for God, and He certainly could have created a world that evolved, and certainly could have created Adam and Eve as babies, but scripture is very clear that He did neither.

Creation is the province of God. There is nothing we have that was not received (1Cor.4:7), and nothing that we do that is outside of His prior knowledge and ultimate control (even when they control permits us to use our free will in opposition to Him; e.g., Is.46:10; cf. Is.41:4). Anything we do therefore which may have the appearance of being "creative" is in fact entirely derivative. Even our first parents' original role was superintendence of the creation of God; they lost this role through the fall. As to what might have happened if Adam and Eve never fell, it would be pure speculation on my part to venture a guess. They did fall, and everyone born from them has been born in the "natural way" including having their sin nature acquired at the fall passed down to them - the one exception being our Lord Jesus Christ (hence the need for the virgin birth). So as far as handing over the work of procreation is concerned, I think it is best just to leave matters where scripture does and say that the commands to go forth and multiply and rule over the earth were given to Adam and Eve in an "un-fallen" state. Through the fall, Satan usurped much of Adam's delegated authority so the devil is now described as the "ruler of this world", a limited rule, to be sure, but it does serve to show that the situation is not now as it originally was in paradise.

So I think our English word "procreation" is a bit arrogant. New flesh may be born through "the will of man" (cf. Jn.1:13), but human life comes from God. He is the Creator, both originally, during the seven days of reconstructing the heavens and the earth, and every time a new life comes into the world. For it is not until He breathes the spirit of life into a human body that there is new life (e.g., Gen.2:7; Eccl.12:7; Is.42:5; Ezek.37:5-6; Lk.8:54-55; Acts 17:24-25).

For the details on all this, please see the following links:

Life Begins at Birth

"The Human Spirit" in part 3 of the Satanic Rebellion

Part 3a of the Bible Basics series: Anthropology

Hopes this intersects with your question somewhere.

In Him,

Bob L.

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